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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Zoo's orangutan gets the sack

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A three-year-old Bornean orangutan decided to provide a marvellous photograph while peeking out of a hessian sack at Paignton Zoo.

    Three-year old’s Tatau's couture outfit was courtesy of a local coffee company which donated a number of sacks to the zoo.

    Tatau the orangutan. Pic: Paignton Zoo

    The zoo said keepers often gave the orangutans and other species "different things to play with in order to stimulate them mentally and physically".

  3. Latest weather: Breezy with patchy rain

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    There will be cloudy skies overnight with patchy rain in places, and perhaps the odd clearer spell too. This will keep temperatures up in comparison to Wednesday night, resulting in a frost-free night. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).


    Friday will be breezy once again, with the odd spot of rain at times. It will turn wetter as a band of rain slowly moves eastwards through the day. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. Warship HMS Bulwark spells out special Queen's birthday message

    BBC Spotlight

    The South West has been doing its bit to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen. 

    Bells have been ringing out in celebration across the region, including those at Exeter's and Truro's cathedrals.

    HMS Bulwark Queen's birthday message. Pic: Royal Navy

    Also, the crew of the Devonport-based warship HMS Bulwark spelled out a special message for Her Majesty whilst on exercise in the Bristol Channel (pictured).

  5. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - The government says it is "committed to Cornwall" despite cutting annual funding of £150k to promote and sustain the Cornish language

    - Police in St Austell investigate two assaults on the same man in two days, on Sunday and Monday  

    - Police Commissioner Tony Hogg welcomes the number of recorded crimes in Devon and Cornwall falling almost 4% in a year

    - Chef Michael Caines exercises his rights to having the Freedom of Exeter by walking sheep through the city centre

    - Work on Truro City's new stadium will start in October after the final legal document needed is signed, the club says

  6. Pirates call for increased RFU funding

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates want the Rugby Football Union to review the amount of funding they give to Championship clubs.

    Cornish Pirates

    A new deal this summer will see sides in English rugby's fully-professional second tier receive around £500,000 of central funding from the RFU.

    "We gratefully accept the increased funding from the RFU," Pirates chairman Ian Connell told BBC Sport. "But we believe that funding is still short to meet the ambitions and objectives that we've jointly set."

  7. 'There is a willow grows aslant...' and makes a bust of Shakespeare

    A bust of William Shakespeare has been made by a craftswoman from Devon out of willow.

    Willow bust of William Shakespeare

    It took Hilary Burns, who lives near Paignton, about eight days to make the 6ft-high model of the Bard.

    She used willow from the Somerset levels, as well as from Devon, to construct him. The bust will be on display at the British Museum this weekend.

  8. Plymouth man, 81, says: 'Give us a job'

    Chloe Axford

    BBC Spotlight

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    An 81-year-old man from Plymouth who is currently looking for a job says he's struggling to be taken seriously. 

    Jack Smith, from Plymouth, has served with the Royal Navy and the London Fire Brigade, and also worked as a builder. But he said that any time he talked to potential employers about his age "they go quiet". He added his lack of computer knowledge could also be holding him back.

    He said: "I can hardly use my mobile phone, so computers are way out. I suppose I am past it in many people's eyes eyes, but I'm still fit and healthy and can do a good day's work."

  9. Government 'committed to Cornwall' despite language funding cut

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The government has said it is "committed to Cornwall" despite cutting £150,000 of funding a year for the Cornish language.

    Cornish flags

    Cornwall Council criticised the move, saying the money had been provided since the language was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003.

    The Department for Communities and Local Government said Cornwall was the first county to benefit from a devolution deal and would have a "core spending power of £1.7bn" over four years. It added: "It is for local councils to decide what their priorities are and fund the services local people want to see."

  10. Man assaulted twice in two days

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in St Austell are investigating two assaults on the same man in two days.

    On Sunday morning, a van struck the 24-year-old local man in South Street, and a man inside the van grabbed and threatened him.

    On Monday, at about 14:30 on the junction of Moorland Road into South Street, the victim was struck in the face and threatened by a woman who got out of a black Vauxhall Astra car. Police have appealed for witnesses to both incidents.

  11. Culture Secretary's tribute to 'voice of Cornwall' Ted Gundry

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Culture Secretary has paid tribute to former Radio Cornwall presenter Ted Gundry, who died last week at the age of 81 following a long illness.

    Ted Gundry

    In the House of Commons, John Whittingdale told MPs that Gundry (pictured) was one of several much-loved celebrities and "distinguished figures" to have passed away in recent weeks, including Ronnie Corbett and Victoria Wood.

    Mr Whittingdale said Gundry was the "voice of Cornwall".

  12. GP practices struggling: Analysis

    Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Demand for GP appointments is rising at a time when it's becoming increasingly difficult to recruit new doctors, and up to a third in the South West are saying they're considering leaving the NHS.

    GP with patient

    NHS England has promised an extra £2.4bn a year for GPs. With many GPs potentially leaving, the NHS extra support is desperately needed and health bosses hope it will be enough to prevent the closure of struggling practices.

    But that's little comfort to those whose surgeries already face closure. Some 3,000 patients at Cardrew Health Centre in Redruth are having to find another GP after it closes in July because NHS England has not renewed the contract.

  13. Scotland prop Low signs new Exeter deal

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Scotland prop Moray Low has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Premiership club Exeter Chiefs.

    Moray Low

    The 31-year-old has played 42 games for Exeter since moving from Glasgow Warriors in 2014 on a two-year deal.

    Low has won 32 caps for Scotland after making his debut against France in the 2009 Six Nations.

  14. Council will 'pay due regard' to Exmouth development poll

    BBC Radio Devon

    East Devon District Council (EDC) says it will "pay due regard" to what Exmouth Town Council decides to do following a public poll about controversial plans for Queen's Drive.

    About 4,500 people took part in the town council poll, with 95% wanting more independent consultation over the plans, which include plans for a new watersports centre, flats, a cinema and shops. 

    The town council said it "acknowledges" the poll showed people would like it to write to EDC "with the recommendation ... that further consultation is desirable". However, the district authority said there had already been "extensive consultation" and pointed out the poll was not legally binding on either authority.

  15. New consultation into Cornish devolution

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    A major consultation is about to begin on devolution in Cornwall.

    Cornwall Council chamber

    It is to look into whether 123 county councillors is the right amount for the area. 

    It is also to consider whether Cornwall should have an elected mayor, similar to the mayor of London. However, skeptics say there's no appetite for such a role in the county.

  16. Shakespeare's second folio on display at cathedral

    BBC Radio Devon

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    An ancient book of Shakespeare's has gone on display at Exeter Cathedral. 

    The second folio dates back to 1632 and has a hand coloured image of the playwright at the front. 

    It is kept safe at the Cathedral's library, but will be out for the public to see until Saturday. The latest display coincides with the 400th Anniversary of the bard's death.

  17. Plymouth waterfront owner 'may be sold'

    Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

    The owner of part of Plymouth's waterfront, and the lease of the city's former airport site, Sutton Harbour Holdings, may be sold, bosses say.

    Managers said they had appointed Rothschild to help with a review and find possible buyers. 

    Announcing its trading update for last year, the company said it believed it had significant growth potential, but it was "constrained by its existing capital structure". It said it was "appropriate" for it to look at other opportunities to maximise value for shareholders, including its sale.